OK, so the Scots, offered the choice never to have another Tory government, look like voting YES. I don’t blame them. If anyone offered me that, I’d bite their hand off. Still, there is mild consolation for those of us left behind. In today’s Observer, there are reviews of new novels by David Mitchell, Rachel Cusk, Sarah Waters and Ali Smith – which sounds to me like a really tasty future programme of reading . I’m sure others are slavering at the prospect of new work by Ian Mcewan, Martin Amis and Will Self, also reviewed in the same edition. Sure, the timing’s not an accident, and may well be steered by prize-planning, but to hungry readers it’s a salivating prospect. I like all kinds of reading, but there is something special about really good fiction. Enjoy.